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Updated: Dec 10, 2019

Perhaps you think you’ve not grown out of a childhood fear, or maybe you’ve just had a bad experience at a dental practice in the past. Whatever the case may be, a fear of the dentist is actually incredibly common in the world. In this article, we’re going to discuss where the fear comes from and how to overcome it so that you can get your dental hygiene back on track.

What Causes a Fear of the Dentist?

There are actually a number of very common causes of a fear of the dentist. One of them is the pain associated with going to the dentist. Although painless dental services do exist, their availability isn’t widespread and it’s still something relatively new to the dental industry. In addition, if you haven’t been to the dentist for a long time, you likely don’t know about the new services and techniques they use that can help minimize the pain involved. As such, a lot of people still have bad memories and experiences of going to the dentist from when they were younger, and that’s putting many people off the idea of visiting a dentist again.

If the pain isn’t causing the fear then the sounds and smells might. This is especially true for drill sound that you might have heard in the past. Other causes might also include the use of needles (another common medical phobia) or the numb feeling you get in your mouth after having injections to help with the pain.

In short, there are a number of unpleasant things that you might experience in a dentist’s office. Some of these can be strong enough to prevent you from going to a dentist in the first place, but it’s important to remember that many of them are likely rooted in old memories from the past and are not necessarily representative of dentists today.

Getting Over a Fear of Dentists

Some people might argue that a fear of dentists is irrational given how much you can benefit from a visit, but it’s still something that affects many people around the world. So here are our top tips to help you get over your fear.

Find a new dentist. If you’re looking for a completely fresh start then you can consider swapping. With the internet, it’s become much easier to find dental practices in your area such as, and you’ll also be able to look at their services and even book appointments online.

Speak with the dentist.  Given that dentists are medical professionals, they’ll be happy to assist you should you feel uncomfortable in their office. They can also help recommend coping techniques or even speak to you about your fears and try to calm your nerves.

Consider a consultation.  If you're struggling to pick a dentist or have concerns, don’t be afraid to speak to your dentist to see if you can arrange something that will help you calm your nerves.

A fear of dentists is surprisingly common so don’t be afraid to speak up about it to your dentist or your practice to find a suitable solution.


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